Posted on: February 11th, 2019 by webdesign No Comments

Join Paul Pagano, Marine Safety Staff Officer of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, when he explains the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Assessment’s (NOAA) first freshwater marine debris monitoring program at the Van Buren Voyagers 4-H meeting on February 19th, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Paw Paw Conservation Club, 56222 30th Street, Paw Paw. Marine debris has become one of the worst recognized pollution problems in the world’s oceans and waterways today.  The NOAA Marine Debris Monitoring program tracks debris entering our waterways. On July 11, 2016, a Lake Michigan tracking site was designated the first and only fresh water monitoring site in the NOAA Program – all others are on the oceanic coast. The Coast Guard Auxiliary members, Division 33, District 9WR, established the marine debris collection and study site at Casco Nature Preserve near South Haven. The Preserve consists of 20 acres of land with 700’ of Lake Michigan frontage which is ideal for monitoring.

For more information about Van Buren Voyagers or the Van Buren County 4-H program contact Janice Zerbe, Extension Educator with Michigan State University Extension, 269-657-8213 or [email protected].

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